Thank You Farmers

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands”- Thomas Jefferson

My parents were always sticklers for making sure my siblings and I had good manners and used the words thank you when it was needed. Fair supporter thank you notes better be in the mail within a couple of days or else. The wise lesson has been engraved in our lives, and I am grateful, for being taught to always be grateful. The words “Thank you” are the easiest way to show appreciation to those who deserve it. It is time we say it to those who deserve more than just words.

There are currently over two million farms in America. These farms provide food for both the U.S and other countries. Today, one farmer is able to feed 155 people, compared to 19 people in 1940. New technology and more efficient practices have given the American farmer the ability to produce more crops on a fixed amount of land. The agriculture industry provides jobs for over 22 million people. 22 MILLION people. It’s a career without steady hours or consistent pay. It’s not really a job at all, it is a lifestyle. A lifestyle of dedication, grit, hard work and integrity. It’s time to give farmers across the country a huge thank you. Thank you for putting food on our tables. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide for our families. Thank you for feeding the world.

Here is a video depicting the dedication farmer’s exhibit every day. Courtesy of Youtube and Dodge Ram

Statistics courtesy of:

http://www.americanagriwomen.org/ag-policy-facts

http://www.farmersfeedus.org/fun-farm-facts/

http://www.agday.org/education/careers.php

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